The Seven Virtues of Bushidō

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GI

Integrity

Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and integrity.samuraiWarriors make a full commitment to their decisions.

REI

Respect

True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are courteous even to their enemies. Warriors are not respected for their strength, but also their dealings with others.samuraiThe true strength of a warrior becomes apparent during difficult times.

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YU

Heroic Courage

Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is living life completely, fully, and wonderfully.samuraiHeroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong.

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MEIYO

Honor

Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out is a reflection of whom they truly are.samuraiYou cannot hide from yourself.

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JIN

Compassion

Through intense training and hard work the true warrior becomes quick and strong. They are not as most people. They develop a power that must be used for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow-man at every opportunity.samuraiIf an opportunity does not arise, they go out of their way to find one.

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MAKOTO

Honesty & Sincerity

When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to “give their word.” They do not have to “promise.”samuraiSpeaking and doing are the same action.

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CHU

Duty & Loyalty

Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything that they have said, and all of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care.samuraiTo everyone that they are responsible for, they remain fiercely true.

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